World’s Smallest Pudu Deer Species Born at Queens Zoo

World's Smallest Deer Species Born at Queens Zoo
World’s Smallest Deer Species Born at Queens Zoo. Photo couretsy of Wildlife Conservation Society

What is a Pudu? I had no idea that there are deer’s so small. But here is a photo that was released by Wildlife Conservation Society. The little fella is a a tiny male deer fawn.

His weight? No more than 450 gr (1lb). It’s size? 15.24 x 15.24cm (apprx 6 x 6 inches).

This cute guy was botn at Queens Zoo and his birthday is at May 12th, 2015.

Yep, he is “that” young! The deer belongs to the Pudu species which is the world’s smallest deer species!

The Zoo, where it was born, has now 3 in total.

Southern pudú in captivity at Bristol Zoo
Southern pudú in captivity at Bristol Zoo

Pudu’s are are two subspecies of South American deer from the genus Pudu. They are so tiny that even owls are considered a predator to them.

Pudu is considered to be a solitary animal. The newborn has the characteristic white spots on its fur but as the Wildlife Conservation Society mentions, the spots will fade as he ages.

It is remarkable that even as adults Pudu’s grow no more than  12 to 14 inches (to their shoulder height).

You may want to visit the Queens Zoo page.

Learn about the Pudu from Wikipedia.

 

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